News - Freddy Farm Bureau set for 54th appearance at State Fair
- August 15, 2011
With his clothes freshly pressed and a seemingly endless array of agricultural trivia at his giant fingertips, Freddy Farm Bureau is ready to take a short leave from life on the farm and spend some quality time with the many visitors at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, August 18-28.
Freddy, seated comfortably on his hay bale on the front porch of Freedom Hall during the state fair, has become an icon at the annual event. This year will mark the 54th time that Freddy Farm Bureau has greeted fairgoers with his warm smile and uncanny ability to work the crowd with his family-friendly banter. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of Kentucky agriculture with his visitors, but Freddy also takes his role as the most-recognizable greeter at the state fair very seriously. Over the years, Freddy Farm Bureau has become an unofficial meeting place for many fairgoers, allowing him to talk with literally thousands of people as they wait by his hay bale for their friends and family to arrive.
As even the casual passerby can imagine, it takes a big man to handle the duties given to Freddy. The good news for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s biggest member is that it seems like he was custom-made for telling Kentucky’s story of agriculture. Neither is Freddy alone in his duties – he represents more than 500,000 Farm Bureau families in the state of Kentucky.
Whether fairgoers are visiting Freddy Farm Bureau for the very first time or simply reminiscing about their childhood talks with the big man, they’ll want to save a few minutes of their state fair schedule to see him this year. He’s up and ready to talk each day of the Kentucky State Fair from 9am to 8pm.
A few facts about Freddy Farm Bureau:
FIRST KENTUCKY STATE FAIR APPEARANCE: 1958
HEIGHT: 13 feet, sitting / 18 feet, standing
SHOES: Size 31
SOCKS: Size 34
WAIST: 96 inches
INSEAM: 68 inches
COLLAR: 42 inches
SLEEVES: 66 inches
BELT: 104 inches
NOSE: 7 inches
FINGER: 11 inches
HAND: 23 inches from wrist to tip of fingers